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Merry Christmas Fi

“O Holy Night” – Irma Thomas

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December 25, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, Family, Fiona, Humour, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from HD,Tom Waits & Richard Hawley

“Silent Night” – Richard Hawley

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December 24, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

As I type it is -10 degrees here in Houston so thought this might be appropriate from Coldplay.

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December 2, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, New Releases, Photography, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Scottish Advent Calendar

Nicked this from my good friend Big Rab because it certainly is a seasonal cracker if you excuse the pun.

“Two Pints Of Lager and a Packet Of Crisps Please” – Splodgenessabounds

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December 1, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, Humour, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Paul Simon (Christmas Song)

Paul Simon has a new album scheduled for March 2011 titled “So Beautiful Or So What”, however, a track has just been made available now because it is…………a christmas song!

“Getting Ready For Christmas Day” – Paul Simon

From early in November to the last week on December
I got money matters weighing me me down
Oh the music may be merry but it’s only temporary
I know Santa Claus is coming to town
In the days I work my day job
In the nights I work my night
But all comes down to waking on last day
Getting ready ready for Christmas day

I got a nephew in Iraq
It’s his third time back
But we’re pretending .. again
With the luck of a beginner
He’ll be eating turkey dinner
Somewhere .. in Pakistan

Getting ready oh we’re getting ready
For the power and the glory and the story
Of Christmas day (repeats)

If I could tell my mum and dad
That the things that we never had
Didn’t matter we were always ok
Getting ready ready for Christmas day

Getting ready oh we’re getting ready
For the power and the glory and the story
Of Christmas day

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Named after and sampling the last recorded sermon by pre-war American Christian preacher and gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates, its lyrics and title reference the holiday, but not in the happy way traditional holiday music does. The song covers topics like a relative spending the holiday in Iraq, and not having very much money (probably not an actual issue for Simon, but that’s besides the point).

“Getting ready for Christmas Day. And let me tell you, namely, the undertaker, he’s getting ready for your body. Not only that, the jailer he’s getting ready for you. Christmas day. Hmm? And not only the jailer, but the lawyer, the police force. Now getting ready for Christmas day, and I want you to bear it in mind” Reverend Gates

 

Sourced in part from:- www.brooklynmegan.com

 

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, New Music, New Releases | , , | 1 Comment

Souvenirs

On a bit of a Maggie Bell roll at the moment so this John Prine cover seems to fit that post Christmas vibe.

“Souvenirs” – Maggie Bell

All the snow has turned to water,
Christmas days have come and gone.
Broken toys and faded colours are all that’s left to linger on.
I hate graveyards and old oawn shops,
For they always bring me tears.
I can’t forgive the way they robbed me of my childhood souvenirs.

Memories, they can’t be boughten.
They can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs,
And i don’t know how they slipped away from me.

Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see.
That’s why last night and this morning
Always look the same to me.
And I hate reading old love letters
For they always bring me tears.
I can’t forget the way they robbed me,
Of my sweetheart’s souvenirs.

Memories they can’t be boughten,
They can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs
And i don’t know how they slipped away from me.

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December 28, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , | 1 Comment

A Merry & Peaceful Christmas To You All

May all your days be peaceful

 

“Silent Night” – Sinead O’Connor

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Family, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , , | 1 Comment

Christmas Eve Video Feast

 

Memory Lane here we come…………………

Finally something new from Blondie

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Video | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

White Chrismas?

IN THE SPRING OF 1942, when Irving Berlin first played White Christmas for Bing Crosby, the crooner nodded and said, “You don’t have to worry about this one, Irving.”

Sixty-seven years later, it’s safe to say that Bing was right, many times over. White Christmas is, quite simply, the biggest pop song of all time. Crosby’s version alone has sold over 40 million copies (depending on the source, it remains the best-selling single ever, or is second to Candle In The Wind, Elton John‘s tribute to Marilyn Monroe/Princess Diana). And there have been decades-spanning covers by an A-Z of artists, including Louis Armstrong, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, Twisted Sister and Taylor Swift. There are versions in almost every language, including Yiddish and Swahili. Add to that endless renditions courtesy of Muzak, toys and greeting cards, and you have a song that has magically grafted itself onto humanity’s DNA.

With a standard that ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when it didn’t exist.

Though Berlin, a great self-mythologizer, offered many different versions of how he wrote the song (attributing its creation variously to years from 1938-1942), its first appearance can be traced to 1937, as part of an unproduced Broadway show called Crystal Ball. At the time, Berlin was living in Hollywood, writing movie musicals, and White Christmas was conceived as a humorous number about a west coaster’s view of the holiday. It began:

The sun is shining,
the grass is green,
the orange and palm trees sway.
There’s never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it’s December the twenty-fourth
and I’m longing to be up north…

The addition of this verse colours the following refrain in a very different way, making it more of a breezy send-up than the idyllic Currier & Ives-style vision we know. After the song became a hit, Berlin ordered the verse cut from all sheet music.

And yet, no matter how the lyric in the refrain is interpreted, the music beneath tugs at the heart. With its chromatic movement, slight dissonances and that heartbreaking shift from major to minor on the line “May your days be merry and bright,” the song almost has the character of a blues.

The sombre tone had its roots in personal tragedy. On December 25, 1928, Berlin’s three-week old infant son, Irving Berlin, Jr., died of typhoid fever. For years afterward, Berlin and his wife Ellin made a Christmas eve pilgrimage to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to lay flowers on their son’s grave. Though Berlin would always deny that his songs were drawn from his own life, it’s impossible not to connect the death of his child with his feelings towards the holiday.

The song’s mournful flavour made it the perfect sentiment for wartime America. In 1942, the year of Crosby’s recording, troops spent their first winter overseas. Berlin’s glistening treetops and sleigh bells in the snow spoke to their longing and homesickness for families they’d left behind.

Performing overseas for the USO, Crosby said he received requests for White Christmas regardless of the season. “It really got so that I hesitated about doing it because invariably it caused such a nostalgic yearning among the men that it made them sad,” he recalled.

And that nostalgic yearning – for the past, for childhood, for lost innocence – is in all of us. It’s what keeps the song so emotionally resonant after all this time. There is also its economy, its openness. With only 54 words in 9 lines, the lyric is non-specific enough to allow each listener to project their own holiday feelings onto its big white screen.

When Irving Berlin passed away September 22, 1989, he had lived to see White Christmas break every record in the popular song canon. In his 101 years, he wrote thousands of songs (he published 812 and had 451 hits, a songwriter’s batting average never matched). But White Christmas remains his crowning achievement.

As Berlin pronounced to his copyist when he first brought it to his publishing office in Manhattan: “This is the best song anyone ever wrote.”

He might be right.

By Bill DeMain

 

Source www.mojo4music.com

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Video | , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 6

 

Time for an Indie Christmas

“Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas” – eels

remember last year when you were on your own
you swore the spirit couldn’t be found
december rolled around and you were counting on it to roll out

but everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

well everybody’s waiting for you down at the house
the tree is looking so inspired
there’s a yuletide groove waiting for you to move
come on and throw another log on the fire

and everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

baby Jesus, born to rock

as the days go by, the more that we need friends
and the harder they are to find
if I could have a friend like you in my life
then I guess I’d be doing just fine

and everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

Now for something from ex-Dumbarton “star” James Allan

“A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas

The prayers from the graveyard keeps mumblin’ death
Too much time hobbles lost in hurt
Now I’m compelled to care about my future going nowhere

I just stand here all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
Then a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

The ringin’ from the bells keep screamin’ out love
As snow fell from heavens above
Directionless no more
Emptiness no more

Now I don’t feel so all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

Oo –oo

Now I don’t feel so all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay (3x)

For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

Finally perhaps the WORST Christmas Song ever (yes worse than the worst of Cliff!)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Twisted Sister

Indeed it is !!!!!!!!!!

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

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